Top Choice Cultural in Hilo

Merrie Monarch Festival

The Merrie Monarch Festival swoops into town around Easter and turns laid-back Hilo into the place to be. Forget about booking a last-minute room! This sellout three-day hula competition was established in 1964 to h…
Top Choice Art in Hanapepe

Art Night

On any given Friday night, Hanapepe comes to life and gives everyone an extended peek into its art world. Galleries stay open later and the town's main drag is transformed by musicians and street vendors. Visitors a…
Top Choice Cultural in Koloa

Koloa Plantation Days Celebration

In mid- to late July, the South Shore’s biggest annual celebration spans nine days of family-friendly fun with a gamut of attractions (many free), including a parade, paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) rodeo, traditional Haw…
Top Choice Cultural in Poʻipu

Prince Kuhio Celebration of the Arts

The South Shore hosts this two-week celebration in mid to late March. Events include hula dancing and slack-key guitar music, a rodeo, canoe racing, 'talk story' time, an artisan fair and Hawaiian cultural presentat…
Top Choice Food in Hanalei

Kalo Festival

Each December, Halulu Fish Pond is host to demonstrations on growing taro and pounding poi, traditional Hawaiian games for kids, local food vendors and live music. Waipa is one of the last remaining properties on Ka…
Top Choice Dance in Kokeʻe State Park

Eo e Emalani I Alakaʻi

A one-day outdoor dance festival at the Kokeʻe Museum in early October, commemorating Queen Emma’s 1871 journey to Alakaʻi Swamp. The festival includes a royal procession, hula dancing, live music and more.
Top Choice Music in Lihuʻe

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

This opportunity to see master slack key guitarists is not to be missed. It's usually staged at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort.
Top Choice Surfing in Haleʻiwa

Triple Crown of Surfing

During the North Shore’s Triple Crown of Surfing, touring pros compete for megabucks in prizes. The kick-off is the Hawaiian Pro at Haleʻiwa Aliʻi Beach Park in mid-November. The competition’s second challenge, the …
Top Choice Cultural in Kailua-Kona

Kokua Kailua

If you want to get a taste for the feisty civic spirit of Kailua-Kona, this is a can't miss. Local food vendors, artists and craftspeople set up booths along Aliʻi Dr, which closes to vehicular traffic. Free Hawaiia…
Top Choice Food in Kapaʻa

Coconut Festival

Celebrate all things coconut at this free two-day festival at Kapaʻa Beach Park. Held the first weekend in early October, it brings coconut-pie-eating contests, a coconut cook-off, cooking demonstrations, live music…